TCHS Bulldogs take on a running and throwing bunch of Raiders

In their last two games the Toombs County Bulldogs have faced Telfair County,  a spread team that can throw, and Bryan County, a wing team that likes to run. In game five the Dawgs travel to Alma for a 7:30 p.m. game (Y-101 Radio and Mixlr beginning at 7 with the Bulldog Pregame Show) against 1-2 Bacon. The Raiders having been showing two different styles of offense. Sometimes they will run the ball out of the I formation and other times they will spread the field and throw the ball.

Jimmy Edwards scoops up a fumble
Jimmy Edwards scoops up a fumble

Number 3 Dawson Jewell is a 5-11 160 pound junior quarterback who throws an accurate deep ball. Jewell has several fine receivers to throw to and none is more exciting than number 14 Lagondric Snell– a 5-9 junior who can go sky high to catch a football.

“They remind you of Telfair with that kind of offense they run and how accurate the quarterback is with the football,” head coach Richie Marsh said. “They have a good running back (K.J. Brown– 5-7 190 pound junior who wears number 33). They are going to be a threat to us. If you are not stuck to Snell’s hip. He goes up and catches the ball even when the receiver has great coverage. He is not the only one, they have a couple of other kids who can do that. Obviously they present a threat to us. That’s something we struggled with two weeks ago, that’s something we got to get better at. Hopefully we will do the right things this week and answer that challenge.”

The Toombs County versus Bacon County History

The Toombs County Bulldogs have faced Bacon County four times with both teams winning twice. In 1996 Toombs knocked off Bacon 34-6 in Booster Stadium then the next season, in Alma, the Dawgs took care of the Raiders 48-20. In the two most recent match ups Bacon won back-to-back games in 2012 and 2013 in game three of the regular season.

2012- Late Bacon TD edges Dawgs 7-6

The only touchdown the Toombs County have allowed in 12 quarters of football led to their first loss of the 2012 season. Dajuan Merritt crossed the goal line on a two-yard run with 33 seconds left in the game and then T.J. Wiley kicked the extra point to give the Raiders a 7-6 win in their second trip into the Pit.

The Bulldog defense, “The Crew”, shut out Montgomery County and Bryan County for four full quarters each and that same “D” kept Bacon out of the end zone for 47 minutes and 27 seconds. In total the Dawgs held their first three opponents scoreless for 143 minutes and 27 seconds. Four fourth down stops- two in each half- kept the Raiders from sustaining a scoring dive until the end of the game.

Toombs County took a 6-0 lead with 4:14 remaining in the second quarter on a one-yard run by quarterback Ben Brantley. The Bulldogs drove 89-yards for their touchdown and big chunk of that yardage (39-yards) came on a long run by Demetrius Taylor. The Bulldog PAT drifted off to the left in the north endzone.

2013- Bacon County shuts out the Bulldogs

Coming off their triple over time loss to Bryan County, the Toombs County Bulldogs were shutout 18-0 on the road at Bacon County. The 1-2 Dawgs were shut out in the first quarter for the third straight game and they did not have a first down in either one of the odd periods. The Dawgs totaled six first downs and 143 yards of total offense. However, they remained in the game until the Raiders pushed their lead to three scores with 3:56 to play in the fourth quarter. The Bulldog defense allowed 18 first downs and 267 yards of total offense- 249 on the ground.

The Raiders scored their first touchdown on an 82-yard punt return by Tron Folsom. He broke away running down the Raider sideline and scored with 7:35 remaining in the first quarter. The PAT was no good. Another 41-yard punt return by D’Vonta O’Neal set up Bacon for a second touchdown. Quarterback Drell Greene, who ran for 92 yards on 12 carries, raced away for a 25-yard score to make it 12-0. Bacon, which picked up a penalty going for two-points, wound up kicking and missing for one.

Nobody scored in the second quarter although the Bulldogs showed some offensive life picking up several first downs. Chris Mobley opened up the second half with a 35-yard kickoff return that advanced the ball into Raider territory. But, the Bulldogs couldn’t put together a drive against a physical Bacon County defense. Meanwhile, the Dawg “D” kept the Raiders from scoring a third touchdown until late in the fourth quarter when Folsom scored his second touchdown on a 14-yard run to the right pylon.

Jamar Smith, who ran for over 200 yards in his first two games and scored seven touchdowns, was held to 87 yards on 20 carries. His longest run was for 18 yards. Javon Edwards had one run that netted 33 yards. The Bulldogs ran for 132 yards and averaged 4.1 yards per carry.

On defense sophomore linebacker Landon Cowart led the way with one tackle and 14 assists. Senior defensive lineman Eric Hester had four tackles and six assists. Mobley, a senior defensive back, had four tackles and two assists and he recorded the Bulldogs first interception of the season.